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Lantern Slide - Camouflaged Ship, Sydney, 1916 Image Reg. No: MM 035458

Summary:
Lantern slide - photograph of camouflaged ship in a harbour in Sydney in 1916. Camouflage was in its infancy at that time, but it was recognized that painting ships and other large objects with geometric shapes could deceive the eye. The term 'camouflage' was only used from 1917 (OED).

The ship may be the HAMT Persic, although the latter is generally pictured with four masts rather than the three visible in this image.
Description:
Lantern slide, rectangular format, black and white, with black edging.
Description Of Content:
Photograph of ship painted with camouflage paint in angular patterns of different shades. Two smaller boats in front give an idea of the scale of the ship. Low-rise buildings and trees appear behind; a multi-storied dock building can just be seen on the right of the image.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: ships, world war i 1914-1918, home fronts, military history, tugboats, lantern slides
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: air raid precautions
Inscriptions: Hand-written beneath image: 'Camauflage [sic] - Sydney. 1916'
Format: Lantern Slide: Black & White; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1916

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